By resilc, a reader who provides many links, brutal candor, and dry wit
In the mid ’90s I was back in the USAID Washington HQ after time in Indonesia and Egypt. I was an early Wired magazine devotee and, to a degree, saw the internet’s potential. Since I could spell “internet” I was put on an Agency committee assigned to roll out net access to office desks. “Mission accomplished” and I eventually got an award for this effort from the guy who birthed the internet, Al Gore, for “reinventing government.”
However, please don’t blame me for its current state. Little did I know then that the web would mutate into a massive hole of much bad information, but also some good; much stupidity, but also some entertainment.
As you would guess, it’s a 48 hour a day job sorting it all out into something with value and utility, but that’s what Naked Capitalism does for you each and every day. You can zoom in, get some knowledge, get some humor and be educated to the ways and means of the world in short order. Finding, sorting, and presenting all this information is not just a job for the NC crew, but a service lifestyle, duty to their readers, and a major effort toward trying to make a better future for us all. So please, thank the team that mines information for you: Go straight to the Donations page and make a generous contribution.
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Living in USA USA is a challenge. The more you interact with people outside your own personal compound, the more you need to be armed with reality intel. I spend much of the year in rural Vermont. My little town is 55% Trumpies. Nice people if you talk about ATVs, lumber prices, where to buy firearms and ag supplies. Get into politics or Covid vax and I need to break out my old diplomatic skills and general awareness to be coooooool in foreign cultures. Naked Capitalism gives me the informational ammo to interact with all kinds of people in our multi-caste system. Whether it’s Covid info/stats or a realistic review of CDC pronouncements or economic policies, I’m ready to discuss it all using my arsenal of Naked Capitalism info when I visit Mike at the town dump or Mark at the local saw mill.
In the winter I’m at the Research Triangle area, and dealing with another caste of often delusional people associated with the Duke/University of North Carolina community. The debate there might be on similar issues, but another approach to bring another view and a dose of realism is in order.
I’m sort of an extension agent for Naked Capitalism in these situations at both locations. I share the knowledge I get from Naked Capitalism, then you grow and the other person grows too. Yves likes that ROI. If you do too, no more delay, time to give your share via the Tip Jar to fund another year of information supply. NC has your back.
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